Pattern Mixing: Gingham + Polka Dots

img_3308 img_3309 img_3310Anyone else still wearing white after labor day?! My white jeans are probably my favorite piece in my closet (LOFT’s are my fave!), and the fact that it’s still in the 90s down here in Florida allows me to justify still wearing them well into fall, or at least that’s what I’m telling myself. They go with everything and have such a clean, classic look. You really can’t go wrong no matter how you style them!

Because they’re such a classic look, I’m always looking for ways to dress them up just a bit, so I decided to pair them with a plain chambray top (you can find a similar one here), some polka dot D’Orsay heels, and my J. Crew gingham bucket bag. I’ve always adored pattern mixing in my home, but I avoided mixing patterns in my wardrobe for awhile (and you still won’t find me pairing plaids and florals together anytime soon!), but I’ve recently decided to embrace it and haven’t looked back. I’m officially convinced that gingham and polka dots were meant to be worn together. Here’s my three best tips for pattern mixing:

  1. Use coordinating colors. If your patterned pieces have the same color scheme, the look will be more coherent and they’ll wear well together in an outfit. If you have two different patterns with two completely different color schemes, your outfit is going to come off super busy, and it won’t go together quite as well. There are (of course!) exceptions to this rule, but I generally like to use that as a guide.
  2. Patterned accessories are your friend. I love, love, love to pattern mix with my accessories– fun shoes, floral bags…I love them all. Sometimes a couple patterened accessories are all you need to pull the look off well!
  3. Be yourself. Bold and daring styles aren’t usually what I gravitate towards. But if you’re dying to wear that floral skirt with your striped shirt and leopard print bag, go for it! At the end of the day, you’ll look the best in what you feel the most comfortable in. Just be you!
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